Do Snake Plants Grow Long? Is That True?
One of these plants that comes to mind is the snake plant, also known as Sansevieria. This plant checks off a lot of boxes on the “plant grim reaper” list, but you might have some questions, such as how fast does the snake plant grow?
Snake Plant Overview
Sansevieria are evergreen perennials that can reach a height of eight to twelve feet. Their sword-like leaves measure about two feet in length. The dark green foliage is variegated with white and yellow striping and is stiff, broad, and upright. They are well-known for their ability to thrive in the harshest of growing environments.
They’re also known for having properties that aid in the purification of the air we breathe. Snake plants make excellent bedside companions because they produce oxygen primarily at night.
The Growth Rate of Snake Plants
When grown in moderate or indoor light, the snake plant grows slowly as a rule. The boost can cause the snake plant to grow quickly if it is grown in a good amount of sunlight. The final height and width are determined by the Sansevieria variety you’ve chosen. S. trifaciata laurentii, also known as Mother-in-tongue, Law’s is the most common variety. The long, straight, sharp leaves that extend from the soil and roots are responsible for this.
How Long Do They Grow?
When it comes to snake plants, the S. trifaciata laurentii variety is the most well-known. It has variegated foliage with a “snakeskin” green center and yellow stripes running up both sides. While it does not flower frequently, it can produce a fast-growing stalk of small white bunches of sweet-smelling flowers.
Depending on the conditions, this Sansevieria can reach a height of 1-2 feet, with some reaching as high as 3 feet. It has even been reported to reach a height of 5 feet! The S. trifaciata is another common snake plant variety. This species looks a lot like S. trifaciata laurentii, but it doesn’t have the laurentii.
There are no yellow stripes running down the sides of its leaves, just a lot of green “snakeskin.” This variety also grows in the same manner as S. trifaciata laurentii. The S. cylindrica, also known as the Spear Sansevieria, is one of the more “exotic” varieties.
S. cylindrica leaves are cylindrical in shape and are unlikely to bend without breaking once fully matured. In a fan-like shape, the leaves grow upward and outward. Some nurseries take advantage of the fact that the leaves are relatively easy to bend when they are new. They make plaits or braids out of the snake plant’s leaves, similar to how they do with “lucky bamboo” or a “money tree.” A notable difference between S. trifaciata/S. trifaciata laurentii and S. cylindrica, aside from leaf shape, is the sheer size of the Spear Sansevieria.
While the S. trifaciata/ S. trifaciata laurentii (view on amazon) can reach heights of more than 3 feet on rare occasions, the S. cylindrica can reach heights of more than 7 feet. The variety S. trifaciata “hanhii” is at the other end of the size spectrum. This Sansevieria is only 4-8 inches tall and never grows to be more than a foot tall. It has yellow stripes on the outside and a green snakeskin interior, similar to S. trifaciata laurentii. This cultivar of S. trifaciata is a dwarf variety, so it stays small. It is frequently used in terrariums for this reason, as well as its slow growth.
How to Stunt the Growth of a Snake Plant
You can encourage your snake plant to grow in a specific direction by controlling its growth. A variety of factors can cause growth to be stunted in any variety. Clipping the tip off a leaf is the simplest way to prevent it from growing any higher. The Sansevieria’s leaves produce a hormone that encourages upward growth, and when the tips of the leaves are clipped off, that hormone is no longer released. As a result, the leaf stops growing upward.
The Sansevieria’s outward growth can also be stunted. This is accomplished by the size of the pot in which it is planted. The roots will be forced to confine themselves to a smaller area if the pot is too small for the plant. This prevents the snake plant from spreading outward or producing additional leaves away from the soil’s base.
While the snake plant does not mind being kept in a smaller pot or being root bound (see my post for solutions to these problems), it is a good idea to repot it every few years if you want it to keep growing.
It can also get to the point of cracking or breaking the pot with its roots if it’s in a clay pot. Before replanting, some gardeners will wait for the Sansevieria to break the pot. On the other hand, depending on the type of unwanted growth, there are several options for dealing with it. If unwanted outward growth occurs, simply divide the snake plant and discard the unwanted leaves.
If you want to keep multiple plants, you can separate the divided plants and put them in separate pots. They are good at dividing because they have a rhizome root system. A rhizome is a horizontal root system that allows new shoots or leaves to emerge from the soil while remaining horizontal.
Cutting the rhizome between shoots allows for the development of two separate plants from the two pieces. The rhizome of the Spear Sansevieria grows as a basal rosette, which causes the leaves to grow close to the center, giving it its fan-like splay of leaves.
You can also simply cut the leaf at the desired height if there is unwanted upward growth. The leaf will not grow any further. The cut portions can then be discarded. You can also use the cut portions to start new snake plants. It will be necessary to cut the leaves into smaller pieces, about 2-3 inches each, in order to accomplish this. After that, the cut leaves must be allowed to dry for a day or two until the edges are no longer moist. You can then propagate them by pushing them into the soil in a new pot. Make sure the leaf in the new pot faces the same way it did in the old one, i.e. the end that was facing the roots is now in the soil. They’ll soon be able to establish new roots.
If you do this with S. trifaciata laurentii, the yellow stripes along the sides of the leaves will most likely disappear. It will revert to the S. trifaciata variety’s appearance, which is all “snakeskin” green with no yellow. The only way to keep the yellow sides of the S. trifaciata laurentii is to divide it. You can force your Sansevieria to bloom if you control both upward and outward growth. The snake plant will try to propagate elsewhere if it doesn’t have a way to grow in either direction. Although the Sansevieria does not bloom frequently, this is a likely way to encourage it to do so while causing only minor stress to the plant.
The plant will most likely stop growing new leaves once it has bloomed. The snake plant has a number of advantages that make it an excellent choice for someone who is new to plant care. Though it is difficult to kill, taking good care of it and following the care instructions will result in a happy and healthy plant. If you value clean lines and lush green foliage, the Sansevieria, or snake plant, is the plant for you!
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